Rod Taylor Becomes ECHL All-Time Scoring Leader
January 30, 2003 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release
PRINCETON, N.J. Rod Taylor became the East Coast Hockey Leagues All-Time scoring leader on Wednesday, assisting on a first-period goal by Ryan Brindley in South Carolinas 4-3 overtime loss at Greensboro.
Taylors jersey will be shipped to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
In his 12th professional season, Taylor has 16 points (8g-8a) in 26 games for the Stingrays giving him 686 points surpassing Darryl Noren, who scored 685 points in 10 seasons with Charlotte and Greensboro from 1990-2000.
"This has been an exciting few weeks, but it was a bit of a relief to finally get the point and put everything behind me," noted Taylor. "I will probably have a better grasp of what I have accomplished when everything has had some time to settle in."
The 36-year-old Taylor, who has played all but 18 of his 687 regular season professional games in the ECHL, opened the season as the ECHL career leader in games (669), goals (368), most 30-goal seasons (8) and most consecutive 30-goal seasons (6).
The 36-year-old Taylor began his professional career in 1991-92 with Hampton Roads scoring 50 points (26g-24a) in 40 regular season games, and he led the 1992 Riley Cup Playoffs with 16 goals and 26 points while helping the Admirals capture the ECHL Championship. He scored 52 points (30g-22a) in 37 regular season games and three goals in two postseason games with Hampton Roads in 1992-93.
The 5-10 and 185-pound Taylor played nine seasons for Hampton Roads from 1991-2000 scoring 565 points (312g-253a) in 528 regular season games. He scored 64 points (36g-28a) in 73 postseason games helping Hampton Roads capture the Kelly Cup in 1998. He scored 56 points (34g-22a) in 61 regular season games and six points (0g-6a) in 10 postseason games with Richmond in 2000-01. He had 25 points (8g-17a) in 33 games with Richmond in 2001-02 before finishing the season with Roanoke where he scored 24 points (6g-18a) in 21 regular season games and one point (1g-0a) in one postseason game.
Named Second Team All-ECHL following the 1994-95 season, Taylor is third all-time in the ECHL for career postseason goals (39), tied for third for most goals in a postseason (16 in 1992) and fourth in career postseason games (78).
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